Montclair murder is one of many in America

Montclair police believe that 55-year-old James Ray III shot Angela Bledsoe, 44, in the Montclair home they shared with a child, who is now in the care of family members.

Bledsoe was pronounced dead after police responding to a wellness check found the woman fatally shot inside her North Mountain Avenue home at 1:17 a.m.

Ray was charged with murder and weapons offenses, and police say the suspect is on the run.

Authorities are searching for Ray, who remains at large, driving a black four-door BMW 328i with New Jersey license plate ZNX68M.

Police believe the suspect is armed and dangerous.

Authorities say Ray told his brother what occurred in a phone call after the shooting and that his brother then notified police.

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office is asking anyone with information to contact the Major Crimes Task Force tips line at 1-877-TIPS-4EC or 1-877-847-7432.

A shooting in South Carolina claimed the life of a second law enforcement officer on Monday, while gun violence continues unabated in the nation, where efforts to impose restrictions on firearms sales have been uniformly rejected by Republicans, who control Congress.

On Monday, Florence County sheriff’s investigator Farrah Turner died Oct 22, 2018, following multiple surgeries subsequent to an Oct. 3 shootout that killed another officer and wounded five others. Florence Police Sgt. Terrence Carraway died in the shooting, four wounded officers have been released from hospitals and the seventh remains in recovery.

The Shreveport Police Department is investigating the third shooting in three nights. The latest shooting claimed the life of one man who was shot in the parking lot of a liquor store on Dr. Martin Luther King Drive.

A teenager, between the ages of 14 and 16, was shot and killed Tuesday night in a possible drive-by shooting in southwest Houston, Texas at an apartment complex in the 4800 block of Fuqua. The incident was reported about 7:20 p.m. Another child, 16-year-old Matthew Francis, was shot in the head at another Houston apartment complex around 11 p.m. and is now on life support.

Chicago police says gunshots wounded two men in one district and a third man in the adjacent neighborhood around the same time Tuesday night.

Twenty-two people were injured in June when a mass shooting occurred at a 24-hour art festival in Trenton, in hat may be New Jersey’s broadest gun violence incident so far this year, but a number of more deadly shootings have taken place.

A 23-year-old former New Jersey man is dead as the result of a Virginia shooting that took place around 12:41 a.m. on Saturday. said Lt. Camden Cobb, spokesman for the Southampton County Sheriff’s Office.

Efforts to legislate measures that are believed to result in fewer injuries and deaths have been vigorously opposed by Republicans and the powerful gun lobby, which is backed by weapon manufacturers.

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